Eliphaz Begins to Speak1
4:1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered:2
4:2 “If someone3 should attempt4 a word with you,
will you be impatient?5
But who can refrain from speaking6?
4:3 Look,7 you have instructed8 many;
you have strengthened9 feeble hands.10
4:4 Your words have supported11 those
and you have strengthened the knees
that gave way.13
4:5 But now the same thing14 comes to you,
and you are discouraged;15
it strikes you,
and you are terrified.16
4:6 Is not your piety17 your confidence,18
and your blameless ways your hope?19
4:7 Call to mind now:20
Who,21 being innocent, ever perished?22
And where were upright people23 ever destroyed?24
4:8 Even as I have seen,25 those who plow26 iniquity27
and those who sow trouble reap the same.28
4:9 By the breath29 of God they perish,30
and by the blast31 of his anger they are consumed.
4:10 There is32 the roaring of the lion33
and the growling34 of the young lion,
but the teeth of the young lions are broken.35
4:11 The mighty lion36 perishes37 for lack of prey,
and the cubs of the lioness38 are scattered.
Ungodly Complainers Provoke God’s Wrath
4:12 “Now a word was secretly39 brought40 to me,
and my ear caught41 a whisper42 of it.
4:13 In the troubling thoughts43 of the dreams44 in the night
when a deep sleep45 falls on men,
4:14 a trembling46 gripped me – and a terror! –
and made all my bones shake.47
4:15 Then a breath of air48 passes49 by my face;
it makes50 the hair of my flesh stand up.
4:16 It stands still,51
but I cannot recognize52 its appearance;
an image is before my eyes,
and I hear a murmuring voice:53
4:17 “Is54 a mortal man55 righteous56 before57 God?
Or a man pure58 before his Creator?59
4:18 If60 God61 puts no trust in62 his servants63
and attributes64 folly65 to his angels,
4:19 how much more to those who live in houses of clay,66
whose foundation is in the dust,
who are crushed67 like68 a moth?
4:20 They are destroyed69 between morning and evening;70
they perish forever71 without anyone regarding it.72
4:21 Is not their excess wealth73 taken away from them?74
They die,75 yet without attaining wisdom.76